You could kinda see Saturday’s loss coming given the state of the overworked bullpen. What are you gonna do. You win some and lose some, and the Yankees lost 6-2 to the Orioles on Saturday afternoon. They’ve still won 16 of their last 22 games. It’s Saturday, so let’s recap with bullet points:
- Bombs Away: Chase Whitley‘s third start of the season was easily his worst. The O’s tagged him for five runs in 5.2 innings, four thanks to a trio of homers. Jimmy Paredes (solo), Chris Davis (solo), and Alejandro De Aza (two-run) all took him deep. All lefties in Yankee Stadium. Probably not a coincidence. Whitley at least soaked up some innings despite getting hit around, and the bullpen needed that.
- Not Enough Offense: The Yankees didn’t score their first run until the fifth inning, when they were already down five-zip. Chase Headley singled, Stephen Drew doubled, and John Ryan Murphy hit a sacrifice fly, all in succession. They scored their second run in the eighth, down 6-1. Carlos Beltran singled in Jacoby Ellsbury, who reached on an error. The Yankees made some noise in the ninth (two on, one out) but couldn’t capitalize. Wei-Yin Chen threw 43 pitches in the first two innings and finished the afternoon with 105 pitches in seven innings. Womp womp.
- Leftovers: The David Carpenter rehabilitation program got underway with a 1.1-inning outing, during which he allowed a run on two hits. Chasen Shreve faced the minimum in his two scoreless innings … Jose Pirela had two singles, both off a lefty. Chris Young (double, walk) was the only other player to reach base twice … Headley had a really strong day in the field, making several tough stops including a few diving plays … Ellsbury’s hit streak ended at eleven games.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. We also have Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages available. The Yankees and Orioles will wrap up this four-game series with a Mother’s Day matinee. Michael Pineda and Bud Norris are scheduled to be on the mound Sunday afternoon, but Roch Kubatko says Norris is sick, so they might need a spot starter. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.